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How to map DLNA device for Tivo Streaming

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by apexadam, May 30, 2013.

  1. apexadam

    apexadam Tivo Late Bloomer

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    I want my .mpeg video files folder that reside on a DLNA device on the network via Gigabit to be mapped to my Windows 7/8 Desktop so that Tivo Desktop Pro will show and serve the videos in this DLNA folder.

    Why isn't this possible and why wouldn't everyone be clamoring for this easy solution to storing Terabytes of data and accessing it from any Tivo in the house?

    I own 3 Tivo DVRs from Series 3 to Premiere, all have WD hard drive extenders allowing me to store TV broadcasts. Once those are full I straight copy the .Tivo files to .mpeg files and store them on the 3TB DLNA Network device.

    Problem: I can't see the files from Tivo. Tivo Desktop software wont map the DLNA drive eventhough it is in my Network Folder on my desktop etc...

    Windows will not create a true mapped share without setting it to "offline" mode, which for Windows means copying every file from the 3TB drive to my local harddrive--that's unacceptable and short sighted.

    Am I being hamstrung on purpose? What are my options to stream the .mpeg movies that reside on my Western Digital DLNA device via the Gigabit network through my Tivo. My other devices will stream the movies, albeit with a clunky interface, using PLEX app. But I want to use my Tivo!

    Please advise.
    Adam

    PS. Yes I have looked for this answer throughout the forums. Confusing and unrelated questions abound.
     
  2. CuriousMark

    CuriousMark Forum Denizen

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  3. Jun 1, 2013 #3 of 11
    apexadam

    apexadam Tivo Late Bloomer

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    Thanks Curious Mark for pointing me in the write direction.
    Now I have to newb my way all the hoops. It seems that Tivo Desktop Plus should simply see DLNA devices by default.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2013 #4 of 11
    apexadam

    apexadam Tivo Late Bloomer

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    Thanks CuriousMark!
     
  5. Jul 6, 2013 #5 of 11
    Navion1951

    Navion1951 New Member

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    This sucks! I have to buy a Windows PC to go with my TiVo so I can watch the stuff on my DLNA server?! How brain damaged.
     
  6. Jul 8, 2013 #6 of 11
    jcthorne

    jcthorne Active Member

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    You could buy a Linux based NAS and install Pytivo on it to serve video to your TiVo.

    The TiVo does not speak DLNA nor does it natively display many of the formats DLNA transmits.
     
  7. notaclone

    notaclone New Member

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    JC, I have a Romio and Synology too. Is there hope?
     
  8. dianebrat

    dianebrat I refuse to accept your reality TCF Club

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    The world has changed dramatically form the time this thread was started, the Roamio supports it's Plex app and you can run a Plex server on your Synology server.
     
  9. notaclone

    notaclone New Member

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    Thanks! Google failed me, and I only came up with an iOS app that did a terrible job at streaming from my SynServer.
     
  10. Danziru

    Danziru New Member

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    Synology owner here, and I've never been happy with Plex. It wants to transcode everything, resulting in errors on every device I try to play back on (TiVo, FireTV, Samsung TV, PlayStation, Roku). Meanwhile, the devices that support DLNA (all but TiVo) all play with no issues.

    I'm using Handbrake high quality mode to m4v/mp4 files to encode (not using any "fancy" options).

    So... what has everyone else's experience been? Am I missing something fundamental to make this work properly? I would still be happy if TiVo would just support plain old DLNA. I have to imagine a simple client would be... simple.
     
  11. cgould

    cgould Member

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    Install pyTivo on your NAS, and download (NOT stream) shows easily on tivo.
    Works on my DS410 (DSM4.3) and Roamio & S3 just fine.
    There may be some way to stream w/ StreamBaby setup, but never got that advanced.

    Use a networked Bluray player (or even TV) for DLNA video watching, NOT the tivo.
     

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